In 2016, Lamell McMorris founded Greenlining Realty USA, a premier comprehensive urban property redevelopment firm dedicated to reversing the historic effect of redlining in low-income communities through developing affordable housing and vibrant commercial corridors. Launched in Mr. McMorris’ childhood neighborhood of West Woodlawn on the South Side of Chicago, Greenlining Realty USA creates pathways to capital essential for neighborhood investment, redevelopment, housing rehabilitation, and home improvement.
Mr. McMorris also serves as CEO of the Washington, DC-based group Phase 2 Consulting, which he founded over a decade ago. At Phase 2, with the mission to help successful clients navigate their enterprises into greater good, Mr. McMorris offers strategic insight and external affairs services to some of the nation’s leading decision-makers in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. Additionally, he is a non-lawyer partner of LaFlam, LLP, a Washington, DC-based firm he co-founded in 2018 in part to expand legal services as part of Phase 2 Consulting’s portfolio of offerings. In this role, he collaborates with the firm’s attorneys to drive growth and expand opportunities.
As a lifelong advocate of civil, economic, and social rights, Mr. McMorris serves as a member of numerous nonprofit and college boards, and volunteers his time with several youth-focused and mentoring organizations. He is frequently recognized for his entrepreneurial leadership and pragmatic, high-impact approach to effective advocacy, and he is often invited to speak at a wide range of conferences and events.
Mr. McMorris holds a Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Society from Morehouse College, a Master of Divinity in Social Ethics and Public Policy from Princeton Theological Seminary, and an Honorary Doctorate from Saint Augustine’s University.
Princeton Theological Seminary, M. Div., Social Ethics and Public Policy Concentration (1998)
Morehouse College, B.A., Religion and Society (1995)
BUSINESS & CIVIC ASSOCIATIONS
American Red Cross, National Diversity Advisory Council, Chairman Emeritus
American Heart Association, Greater Miami/ Ft. Lauderdale Board, Member
Judicial Accountability Political Action Committee, Member
Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Member
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Life Member
Morehouse College National Alumni Association, Member
Chicago 2016 Olympic Bid Committee, Member
U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Member
Washington Government Relations Group, Member
Washington Board of Trade, Member
SELECTED PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
LaFlam LLP, Non-lawyer Partner, est. 2018
Greenlining Realty USA, Founding Principal, est. 2016
Perennial Sports & Perennial Law Group, Founder and CEO, est. 2004
Phase 2 Consulting (formerly Perennial Strategy Group), Founder CEO, est. 2002
Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Executive Director and COO, 2001
Redeem the Dream March on Washington, DC, National Coordinator, 2000
Chicago Urban League, Youth Development Initiative, Director, 1998
PHILANTHROPY & ADVOCACY
PGA REACH Board of Trustees, Member
Morehouse College Board of Trustees, Member
Miles College Board of Trustees, Member
National Urban League Board of Trustees, Member
National Action Network Board of Directors, Member
Rainbow PUSH Board of Directors, Member
Foundation for Progress in Journalism, Member of the Board
The Crisis Publishing Company Board of Directors, Member
Life Pieces to Masterpieces Board of Trustees, Member
NAACP, Diamond Life Member
NAACP National Board of Directors, Former Member
Elmhurst College Board of Trustees, Former Member
SELECTED HONORS & AWARDS
Saint Augustine’s University, Honorary Doctorate, 2017
Aqua Foundation for Women, Aqua Ally Award, 2017
Washington Government Relations Group, President’s Award for Career Achievement, 2013
National Action Network, Keepers of the Dream Entrepreneurial Award, 2011
Morehouse College, Homecoming Crown Forum, Keynote Speaker, 2011
Children’s National Medical Center, Serving the Nation’s Children Award, 2011
Crozer-Chester Medical Center, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Remembrance Event Keynote Speaker, 2008
CEO and General Counsel
Director of Real Estate and Construction
Sean Harden is the director of real estate and construction for Greenlining Realty USA, bringing over 15 years of experience in leadership roles in both the non-profit and governmental sectors. Harden’s responsibilities include managing large scale economic and workforce development projects for the city of Chicago.
In 2005, he was awarded the Innovative Solutions Award from the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity for leading the most successful community hiring initiative in the history of the city of Chicago, which resulted in over 1300 Chicagoans being placed into jobs. In 2006, he was appointed by former Mayor of Chicago Richard M. Daley to oversee interfaith and community affairs, and to serve as the City’s liaison to foreign dignitaries.
In 2014, Mr. Harden started a boutique consulting firm, Harden Wright Consulting Group, that specializes in providing broad-based technical assistance and strategic planning to non-profit community development organizations, for-profit corporations, real estate developers, and municipalities.
Elizabeth Thomas is a project manager at Greenlining Realty USA. In this role, Ms. Thomas provides wide-ranging, high-level support on key internal and external priorities, and collaborates directly with the Greenlining Realty USA team on a variety of initiatives to help innovate and advance new processes, to form and accomplish project objectives, and to help implement the agency's events and outreach efforts successfully.
Prior to joining Greenlining Realty USA, Ms. Thomas served as staff assistant, then special assistant and scheduler, for United States Senator Bill Nelson. In those roles, she served as a liaison between the community and the Senator, working with the Senator's regional directors in the state to plan and develop effective outreach strategies. In his D.C. office, Thomas acted as an operations point person to ensure the smooth functioning of activities and processes for the Senator's daily matters.
A native of Tampa, Florida, Ms. Thomas is a University of South Florida alumna. Driven by her desire to engage in public policy impacting community development and sustainability in the Tampa metropolitan area, she was selected to participate in the USF College of Arts and Sciences Community Initiative's competitive Legislative Internship Program. Through that program and under the direction and leadership of a Tampa city councilmember, Ms. Thomas gained invaluable insight into the duties and responsibilities of local government and social activism – an experience she deems integral to her role in fulfilling the mission of Greenlining Realty USA.